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From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | September 11 2013
Maria Irchenhauser received her PhD in German literature from Queen's University. She now manages the German division of an international media company in London, UK. Find her online over at Continue reading and fol...
Career Advice

Quitting my postdoc position has taken me on an incredibly rewarding global adventure requiring flexibility and adaptation.

I remember the day I realized I had reached my limit with bench work. I was in the lab performing the same molecular biology techniques that had become routine, when suddenly it hit me: I needed something different, something that would challenge me in a strategic way and offer more flexibility. It ...
Responsibilities May Include
BY KETAN MARBALLI | September 27 2021

A career education specialist shares how he rediscovered his strengths and was able to forge a new career path.

After over 12 years as a molecular biologist in academia, I felt frustrated by being unable to land a faculty position. When I did a thorough reflection, it became clear that my aspirations had changed and running my own research program was not something I enjoyed. It was time to switch careers. I ...
In my opinion
BY ANDIE BURAZIN | July 19 2021

Getting students back to pre-COVID-19 standards will be a delicate act.

Since March of last year, postsecondary educators have significantly modified course delivery, rethought student assessments, found new ways to create a sense of community and offered new forms of accessibility for students, among other things. Students, meanwhile, had to invest considerable ener...
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BY DINUKA GUNARATNE | January 15 2021

This has been a journey of resilience and making the best out of a weird situation.

Considering a career move can be both exhilarating and anxiety-inducing. Career transitions are exciting because they signal a new beginning and new opportunities. They can also stir up nerves because deciding on a move could drastically impact your future. In early March 2020 I left my former role ...
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BY SUSAN L. JOUDREY & MABEL HO | September 01 2020

A conscious willingness to be vulnerable can relieve some anxiety and establish a sense of community.

For months, educational developers, instructional designers, and other educational specialists have supported university educators with the transition from in-person to online teaching. Many of them have encouraged asynchronous teaching, when possible, to ensure accessibility and flexibility for...

As long as faculty are consistently communicating with students, the delivery method isn’t as important as the content, says one expert.

With most of the country now under provincial state-of-emergency orders, and many cities on quasi-lockdowns, Canada’s universities have essentially shut down. Now begins an unprecedented educational experiment as faculty attempt to transition their courses en masse to online learning. ...
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Some helpful resources and tools for professors who have to quickly move their courses online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editor's note: This has been reprinted with the author's permission. It has been shortened and edited for clarity. Read the Continue reading. We are at a pivotal ...
From the admin chair
BY SHEILA COTE-MEEK | November 22 2019

To get to know an institution, you need to understand its people, place and culture.

As I mentioned in my Continue reading, I recently made a move to Toronto to take up a new role at York Univers...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | July 19 2018

As pioneers in building careers that use their experience as scholars and teachers, former academics can show you what is possible.

This is a guest post by Anthony Cantor, PhD. Dr. Cantor earned a PhD in history from the University of Toronto, and is currently a knowledge ambassador and client support at EssayJack Inc. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyCantorEJ and find him on
BY NATALIE SAMSON | June 06 2018

Colleges seeking university status aren’t just looking to change their institutions – they’re aiming to change what a university can be.

In the span of a week, the future of three Alberta colleges was set. On February 22, Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt announced that Continue reading (GPRC) had been approved for degree-granting status, with a view to becoming a unive...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 20 2018
Lindy Ledohowski has a PhD in English, and is co-founder and CEO of Continue reading, an educational start-up company. She was previously a tenure-track professor of English at the University of Waterloo. Lindy wrote a Transition Q & A in May 2016. Read ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 07 2018

Follow how Jared started his career in academe, left to work in the public service and then came back to work as a professor.

Jared Wesley earned his PhD in political science from the Continue reading. His career path has taken him from tenure-track at the Continue reading,...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | November 28 2017

Kara Brisson-Boivin created a program at Carleton University that plants the seeds of career transition early in the PhD process by weaving it into the curriculum, as well as professional development training.

This is a guest post by Kara Brisson-Boivin, graduate student transitions mentor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Carleton University. We as grad students feel and work at our best when we have a sense of purpose, a plan in place, or a role to play. For many, the struc...
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BY MICHAEL FREEMAN | September 01 2017

“It’s difficult to know what you’re truly passionate about until you try it.”

All an employer wants is confidence. They want to see it in you and they want to feel it themselves: confidence that you can do the job they need done and do it well. But, for students pursuing graduate degrees in the life sciences who have their sights set on careers outside of academia and scienti...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | August 25 2017

Ms. Steel explains that the days of staying at one company for an entire career are gone. So accept it, take risks, always learn, and see where it leads.

Heather Steel (MA, history) contributed to the Transition Q & A series in March 2013. Read her interview Continue reading. She was then a researcher at the Institute of Canadian Citizenship. Heather is now a research adminis...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 28 2017

Self-described as intellectually restless, Daniel has pivoted his career to focus on innovation policy.

Daniel Munro (PhD, political science) contributed to the Transition Q & A series in April 2014. Read his interview Continue reading. He was then principal research associate at the Conference Board of Canada. Dr. Munro will soon be a visiting scholar in innovation studies and direc...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 18 2017

Since their last Q&As, both Mélanie’s and Kyla’s portfolios have grown, giving them the opportunity to work with a variety of departments.

Mélanie Brunet (PhD, history) contributed to the Transition Q & A series in May 2013. Read her i...

Lessons learned from the presidential transition committee at the University of Saskatchewan.

In 2015, the University of Saskatchewan undertook an extensive Continue reading to welcome Peter Stoicheff to the role. As two individuals closely linked to this process, here are some lessons we learned that may be of value to colleagues undertaking a similar ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | January 18 2017
Joseph Fruscione (PhD, English) contributed to the Transition Q & A series in December 2013 and August 2015. You can read his interviews Continue reading and Continue reading. After 15 years teaching literature and first-year writing in the Wa...